Royal Photographic Society: Open call to applicants for 2017 bursaries for photographers and students

The RPS is issuing four funding opportunities available to support photographers across still photography and moving image.

If you are a photography student or a photographer trying to get a project off the ground, the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) may be able to help. The society is offering bursaries to help students and photographers fund their projects. The financial assistance can be used to help aspects of a project such as travel, equipment, website or mounting an exhibition.

This year, the RPS Bursaries are the Environmental Awareness Project Funding (£6,000), the Joan Wakelin Bursary (£2,000), the Postgraduate Bursary (£3,500) and the Short Film Award (£2,000). In this gallery, IBTimesUK presents some of the winners from previous years, and more information about each of the bursaries:

Postgraduate, 2016: Aenikkaeng by Michael Vince KimMichael Vince Kim/Royal Photographic Society

The Environmental Awareness Project Funding (£6,000) offers funding for two one-year projects that will promote environmental awareness, in partnership with The Photographic Angle. The two awards are available for applicants aged between 16-30 and 31 years and over. Closing date: 31 May 2017


Postgraduate Bursary (£2,000) aims support postgraduate students undertaking photographic research or studying photography at Postgraduate level. Closing date: 30 June 2017

Environmental Bursary over 30’s, 2015: Church Forests of Ethiopia by Kieran DoddsKieran Dodds/Royal Photographic Society
Joan Wakelin Bursary, 2016: Leprosy by Matilda TemperleyMatilda Temperley/Royal Photographic Society

Joan Wakelin Bursary (£2,000) offers funding and the chance to have work published in the Guardian and The RPS Journal. The Bursary is awarded to the photographer who presents the best proposal for a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue. The Joan Wakelin Bursary also offers the chance to have work published in the Guardian and The RPS Journal. Closing date: 16 June 2017

Short Film Award (£2,000): The RPS will announce a short film award and best cinematography award, in partnership with Depict. Closing date: 3 July 2017

Postgraduate, 2014: Dead Water by Marilene RibeironMarilene Ribeiron/Royal Photographic Society
Environmental winner - Under 30’s, 2014: The Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) by Charlotte SamsCharlotte Sams/Royal Photographic Society
Environmental Bursary - Over 30’s, 2014: Virtual Water by Marcus DoyleMarcus Doyle/Royal Photographic Society
Winner of the Joan Wakelin Bursary, 2014: Beauties by Manuela Henao RestrepoManuela Henao Restrepo/Royal Photographic Society
Environmental Bursary - Under 30’s, 2013: The Human Cost of Pollution by Souvid Datta Souvid Datta/Royal Photographic Society
Environmental Bursary - Over 30’s, 2013: Walk the Line HS2 project by Toby Smith /Royal Photographic Society
Environmental Bursary - Under 30s, 2012: On Thin Ice by Ciril JazbecCiril Jazbec/Royal Photographic Society
Environmental Bursary - Over 30’s, 2012: Shoal: Plastic in the Sea After the Tsunami in Japan by Mandy BarkerMandy Barker/Royal Photographic Society
Postgraduate, 2009: Water World by James MorganJames Morgan/Royal Photographic Society

For more information about the Royal Photographic Society Bursaries, please contact Liz Williams:

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